Rachel is a postdoctoral research associate working with Steve Rolfe (in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences) and me as part of the -Mineral Research Centre. She is working on the adhesion of extra-cellular DNA to surfaces, as well as its role in bacterial adhesion. Rachel has, more than most, a varied background, having lived in Kuwait and Italy, despite coming from the North East. She did her PhD (apparently in surgery!) in Manchester and spent some time there before coming to Sheffield in March 2011. She's photographed here in Coffee Revolution in the rather wonderful University of Sheffield Students' Union, where I like to talk about science without being interrupted.